Best Animation Software

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Animation software enables users to generate moving graphics from visual files. Depending on the particular program, users can animate some variation of 2D, 3D, hand-drawn or computer generated graphics, often with the option to add music or additional effects. These programs are most commonly used by animators working on films, TV shows, and commercials, as well as graphic designers creating promotional materials and website media for various industries. Animation software platforms may integrate with drawing software, video editing software or 3D modeling software. Artists and freelancers who use one of the best free video editing software should properly research to ensure their animation software will integrate with their video platform.

To qualify for inclusion in the Animation category, a product must:

  • Provide functionality for generating animated visuals from 2D and/or 3D images for use in video files
  • Import media files from other programs or offer built-in drawing tools
  • Integrate with video editing or effects software to finalize animated videos

Animation Software Grid® Overview

The best Animation Software products are determined by customer satisfaction (based on user reviews) and scale (based on market share, vendor size, and social impact) and placed into four categories on the Grid®:
  • Products in the Leader quadrant are rated highly by G2 Crowd users and have substantial Market Presence scores. Leaders include: Cinema 4D and Maya
  • High Performers are highly rated by their users, but have not yet achieved the market share and scale of the Leaders. High Performers include: Blender, KeyShot, GreenSock Animation Platform, and Animaker
  • Contenders have significant Market Presence and resources, but have received below average user Satisfaction ratings or have not yet received a sufficient number of reviews to validate the solution. Contenders include: 3ds Max Design, Adobe Edge Animate, and Adobe Animate (formerly flash)
  • Niche solutions do not have the Market Presence of the Leaders. They may have been rated positively on customer Satisfaction, but have not yet received enough reviews to validate them. Niche products include: Harmony and LightWave 3D